VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System
NEWS RELEASE: Stand Down to Give Homeless Veterans VA Assistance
November 4, 2014
Office of Public Affairs
Contact: Will Ackerman, Public Affairs Director
Office: (402) 995-4719 Cell: (402) 332-6780
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
OMAHA, Neb. — Homeless Veterans can come in from the cold to get assistance and a hot meal at a “Stand Down” at the Grace University Field House, 820 Pine Street, Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. to noon.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System (NWIHCS) will provide free services for homeless Veterans including health screening, eye exams, drug and alcohol counseling, mental health services and foot care. In addition, the Veterans can also receive limited free clothing and a hot meal.
Veterans must be eligible for VA health care benefits. Veterans are encouraged to enroll for VA health care benefits before the event at the Omaha VA Medical Center, 4101 Woolworth Ave. However, Veterans who are not enrolled for VA health care benefits can register at the Stand Down and receive information about the available services.
In addition to the VA, representatives from many agencies community and government agencies will be present to assist Veterans including county Veteran service offices, the Omaha Vet Center, Nebraska Workforce Development, the Salvation Army and the Lions Club. Veterans can also meet with representatives from the VA Regional Office to discuss disability benefits that may be available to them.
Stand Down is a military term that means service members are removed from the combat field to receive rest and rehabilitation. It is one of many opportunities for the VA to reach out and connect with homeless Veterans to provide them much-needed rest and rehabilitation.
“Our Veterans honorably served America. This is our opportunity to serve them,” said Linda Twomey, VA NWIHCS Mental Health Specialty Programs Coordinator. “The Stand Down is one of the VA’s many programs to reach out and serve homeless Veterans in our communities.”
About VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System
The VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System’s mission is to honor America’s Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being. VA NWIHCS employees serve more than 161,000 Veterans in Nebraska, western Iowa and portions of Kansas and Missouri. The system includes a tertiary medical center in Omaha and a Community Living Center in Grand Island, Neb. Community-based outpatient clinics are located in Lincoln, Grand Island, North Platte, Norfolk, and Bellevue, Neb., and Shenandoah, Iowa; and a contract outreach clinic in O’Neill, Neb. For more information, visit http://www.nebraska.va.gov